Some very sad news from Dublin Zoo.
After a short illness, Harry, the Western lowland gorilla at Dublin Zoo, died yesterday morning 29th May.
Harry, the ‘silverback’, was the leader of Dublin Zoo’s gorilla troop. Harry was 29 years old and during his time at the Zoo he fathered 6 offspring.
Harry was a very gentle and calm gorilla and he will be greatly missed by everyone at Dublin Zoo.
The exact reason for Harry’s death is still unknown and Dublin Zoo is awaiting the final results of a postmortem.
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Take a look at this incredible footage of the Asian elephant calf being born and finding her feet for the first time, surrounded by the rest of the herd.
Video by The Zoo TV Series
Can you see Harry's resemblance in the clouds? Thank you Anthony Lynch for sharing this beautiful photo with us, taken in Phoenix Park last night.
We are very excited to announce that the Orangutan Forest at Dublin Zoo is now officially OPEN!
The Orangutan Forest, which was inspired by the tropical rainforests of Borneo, will be home to Dublin Zoo’s four Bornean orangutans Sibu, Leonie, Riona and Mujur. The orangutans will share the new habitat with the siamang gibbons, also found in South East Asia.
The new three dimensional habitat is five times bigger than the previous habitat and includes a new island and spectacular trees which will encourage the orangutans’ natural climbing behaviour.
*It’s a Girl!*
We’re thrilled to announce the birth of a female Asian elephant calf!
Proud mum, Asha, gave birth to the healthy calf on Monday evening after a 22 month gestation period. The calf is estimated to be just under 1 metre tall and weighs approx. 70kg.